12 Healthy and DIY Condiments

Summer is the perfect time to explore homemade condiments, as so many fresh fruits and vegetables are in season and everything is just bursting with flavor. And any time of year is good to learn how awful most processed foods can be. Packaged and processed dressings, sauces and condiments are usually loaded with corn syrup, preservatives, stabilizers and GMOs.

So here are some awesome healthy and DIY condiments to help you avoid all those junky ingredients. Our recipes feature healthy, wholesome ingredients that will make your belly (and your tastebuds) happy. These recipes are straightforward, and rely on mostly basic ingredients. Each condiment has at least two variations to help you find your new favorite healthy condiment.


1. Homemade Mayo

There are lots of different types of mayos out there, including new brands that are totally vegan. But sometimes it’s so fun to make your own. Traditional mayonnaise is made with an egg, but you can take an alternative route and make it vegan. My personal favorite is something totally different: a Cashew Miso Mayo. Cashews lend an incomparable creaminess, and miso gives it so much flavor.

Homemade Mayo (with eggs)
Homemade Vegan Mayo (with aquafaba, the bean cooking liquid that has taken the blog world by storm!)
Sriracha Lime Honey Mayo (use one of the recipes above as your mayo base)

Cashew Miso Mayo: Blend together 1/2 cup soaked and rinsed cashews with a pinch of salt. Add in 2 Tablespoons any type of miso, 2 Tablespoons olive oil, 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard and 1 teaspoon honey or agave. Blend until smooth and enjoy!

2. Homemade Mustard

Most store bought mustards are actually pretty healthy. Here are some recipes for fun mustard variations, and also my new favorite dip for vegan chicken wings or vegan sausage: Honey Mustard Sauce.

Homemade Mustard
Homemade Mustard (try both!)
Homemade Mustard Vinaigrette

Honey Mustard Sauce: Whisk together 3 parts prepared mustard with 1 part honey and 1 part miso. Blend until smooth and dunk away!

3. Homemade Ketchup

Look at the label of any store-bought ketchup and you’re likely to see sugar as one of the main ingredients. Homemade ketchup is easy and delicious, and you can keep the sugar content as low as you like. Keep in mind though, that the combination of sweet and savory is what makes ketchup so addictive!

Homemade Ketchup with red peppers!
Homemade Tomato Jam, a ketchup stand-in
Homemade Paleo Ketchup (no sugar)

4. Homemade Chutney

Chutney is a traditional Indian condiment made from fruits and spices. It’s great as a dip for breads or as a topping for dal or curry, but why not try it on a veggie burger for a wild flavor combination? I’ve included my own recipe for Mango Chutney, which can be made for peach, nectarine, apple or even papaya, depending on what’s in season in your region.

Apple Rhubarb Chutney
Apple-Dried Plum Chutney
Homemade Mango Chutney

5. Homemade Jam

One of my favorite childhood memories is strawberry picking and prepping with my Grandma, and her strawberry jam is still the pinnacle of berry jam perfection for me. Homemade jam is easy to do, even if you don’t do canning. You can use all types of berries, especially if you make a version with chia seeds.

Berry, Lavender and Chocolate Jam
Strawberry Jam
Blueberry Vanilla Chia Jam

6. Homemade Pesto

Pre-made pesto is so expensive, and there is nothing that compares to the flavor of fresh basil. When it’s in season in the summer, you can buy fragrant bunches of this gorgeous herb and prepare it as pesto to enjoy all year long. Make a big batch, freeze in small containers, and let thaw when you’re ready to enjoy with pasta or sandwiches. It will be a bright reminder of summer during the long, dark months of winter.

Cilantro Pesto
Sage Pesto
Arugula Pesto
Basil, Lime and Pumpkin Seed Pesto

7. Homemade Hummus

I recently wrote about batch cooking hummus: make a huge batch then freeze in small containers so you can always have fresh, homemade hummus around for quick meals or surprise dinner invitations. Here are some fun hummus recipes with clever flavor twists so that you never have to buy your favorite bean dip again.

How to make hummus in bulk + more hummus recipes
Red Pepper Hummus
Black Bean Hummus

Middles Eastern Hummus or Chickpea Dip

8. Homemade Ranch Dressing (vegan or dairy)

Sometimes your salads or your veggie platters need some classic ranch. These are the recipes to get you there.

Vegan Ranch Dressing
Vegan Ranch Dressing with Cashews
Basic Ranch Dressing

9. Homemade Barbeque Sauce

What summer would be complete with barbeques? Even if you’re afraid of fire, you can get good-from-the-grill flavor with a proper barbeque sauce.

Maple-Mustard Barbeque Sauce
My favorite Homemade Barbeque Sauce recipe

10. Homemade Salsa

Salsa is a great condiment that tastes so much better when it’s fresh. It’s also a very forgiving condiment, meaning you can add whatever fruit or vegetable is overabundant at your house. Here are some gorgeous summer salsa suggestions.

Salsa Verde
Heirloom Tomato Salsa
Fire Roasted Pepper Salsa


11. Homemade Hot Sauce

If you’re a connoisseur of hot sauce, it’s high time you try to make your own!

Peach Hot Sauce
No-Cook Hot Sauce
Roasted Pepper Hot Sauce

12. Homemade Chocolate Sauce

And we finish with something sweet: we all need chocolate sauce, right? These recipes for easy homemade chocolate sauce will have you pouring it on fresh chopped fruits, stirred into iced coffee for quick mochas, or drizzling onto your smoothie.

Healthy Chocolate Sauce made with Agave
Chocolate Stout Sauce (because, chocolate and beer! Why not?!)


homemade ketchup and mustard images from Chiot’s Run/Flickr Creative Commons


Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus3 years ago

Thank you for sharing!

Angela K.
Angela K3 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Heidi Aubrey
Heidi Aubrey3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Jim Ven
Jim Ven3 years ago

thanks for the article.

Anne F.
Anne F3 years ago

fun to think of making my own condiments - thanks!

Janis K.
Janis K3 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Karen F.
Karen P3 years ago

Love condiments - pickles, chutney,really makes a meal.

Melania Padilla
Melania P3 years ago

Great post!

Ricky Thamman
Ricky T3 years ago

Fabulous, always wanted an article like this, thanks!

Lis T.
Elisabeth T3 years ago

Thanks so much..